Hair Journey Update: Damage From Dye & The Past..Recap

Well its been a long time since I have updated about my hair journey and hair growth goodness I dont know where to start or where I left off so I will just start by telling what I remember and whats going on right now.

Over the months of this year I dyed my hair 3 times. The final time in May, I finally got the results I was looking for which were red. For the month on June I basically went without my Texturemenatural products so I really was not on top of moisturizing my hair like that.

Fast forward to July I finally received my texturemenatural products and began to moisturize my hair. I then noticed that 1the roots of my hair were healthy but the tips would not take in any moisturizer and my hair was shedding like crazy. I mean I lost A LOT of hair! I was getting ready to take photos of my hair at the time to update my blog so I began detangling it with my wide tooth comb. Let me tell you, I have NEVER had such a hard time detangling my hair in my entire LIFE and it wasn’t even as long as it originally was. Hair was falling EVERYWHERE after detangling all of my hair it was STILL TANLGLED!! So I braided it down and washed my hair with acv (Apple Cider Vinegar). (I got some of the apple cider vinegar on my face and I broke out like a motherf*cker the very next day.) After I finished with the acv I put some  leave in conditioner in my hair and the conditioner wouldn’t take to my hair either. It took to the roots but not the ends. Here is a photo of how my hair was looking.

So I went to the internet I did a little research and asked some questions. I did a little something with some tea to revive it but it did not work. At first I thought all I needed was some dusting of my ends because I hadn’t cut my hair in a looong time. But then as I began to cut my hair in sections I realized that I had dyed my hair so much that the ends had been damaged badly. The only reason I knew this because my ends were like that throughout my hair. If it were something else all of my ends would have been split or shedding so much. So after cutting my hair I began to de-tangle it again, it was simple as pie!

Unfortunately I do not have any photos of how my hair looks after the trimming but I definitely took a huge step back growth wise. I had to cut of about HALF of my hair. I went from shoulder length to mid neck length hair. Now I know that I am completely done with dying my hair. Plus the only reason I wanted to dye my hair was so that I could see how much my hair is growing and I got that. So there is no need for dying the rest of my hair. Besides by the time my hair reaches a certain length I’m pretty sure the hair that I had dyed will be gone due to me trimming my ends. So I’m not worried at all.

Right now I braiding my hair in big box braids, about 35 braids using kanekalon hair. Oh and ALSO as I was braiding my 2hair and sectioning it I found something out! I have more than one texture in my hair. That’s answers my question I kept to myself “Why does my hair in the middle of my head take to moisture more?” And the reason why is because its a different texture. I’m not sure what texture it is but the curls are a lot bigger than 4c. The photo I have of them really doesn’t show how curly it is…maybe when my hair grows a little longer I can show it more.

But overall I am very happy with my hair journey. Since this is just a hair journey update I wont tell about anything else I would include how I’m feeling and where my mind set is right now in another post probably for tomorrow morning.

Below are photos of ALL of my progress since November 2012. From my day after my big chop of struggling with high porosity hair to seeing growth to finding the perfect regimen for my hair and lessons learned. I can’t wait until Novermber 2013 so I can compare photos and see my growth. Even though I had to cut my hair I know its A LOT longer than what it was when I started.





4c kinky hair length check

2-8-13 4

progress big chop





How did it feel? Relieving…I was so happy. I took control.

I’ve always had long hair past my shoulders but it was relaxed hair and I never took good care of it. Whenever I got a relaxer and the effects of it being straight began to wear off and my new growth came in…I just never liked that process. I actually always used to try to go a few months without a relaxer…I really had no idea what I was attempting to do (meaning I knew nothing about my natural hair or going natural) but I really disliked the process of a relaxer…I felt it wasn’t natural but I never knew what to do about.

My family is full of women and yes, they all relax their hair. NONE of them have long hair. I’ve seen their hair break, I’ve seen them with almost no hair…but all they know is relaxers. The only ladies in my family who have natural hair as of this moment is myself, and my two  trouble making cousins who have not reached the age 13 yet…they’re bad news but that’s another story I will blog about…I’ll explain the dynamics of my family later :)…good story 😀

My main family, mother and sister’s reaction sister didn’t really care she already knew I was experimenting with my hair. She thinks I went “Britney Spears Crazy” with my big chop but I know Britney didnt go crazy..she just wanted that hair gone and when the media continued to nonstop budge in her business she got fed up and did something about it…which the media called crazy and what I perceive as “she had enough”. My mom…she was angry, she knows I have always had long hair and she really doesn’t understand too much except for what she knows which is relaxed hair so for her to see something out of the norm, she didn’t like it and she calls my hair “nappy”. I call it beautiful natural curly hair…I love my hair.

This is how my hair looks now to the upper right. The Before photo is of my hair when I first big chopped it…it was dry still had a lot of relaxed hair and I had combed it out with a wide tooth comb. The after photo is of my hair after I moisturized it. Right now I’m dealing with having high porosity hair so I have not tapped into my “healthy state” of big chop yet and I trimmed off a lot of relaxed hair…some is still in there but I will leave it be until my hair grow a little and I can see it clearly. I’ll be taking more photos week to week of my progress. My hair length is  4 inches at the top and 3 inches on the side.

Right now what I’m focusing on is moisturizing my hair…I’m still iffy on it. It feels brittle but its moist. I have been doing the green house effect on my hair..I found out about it using the blackhairmedia forum. The woman who told about it said you should only do it a maximum of 5 days a week but shoot I feel like I should do it every day of the week. Right now I’m just doing trial and error until I get a grasp on what I am doing. My goal is to grow 1 inch a month and 24 inches within 2 years…this month is the test month so if I grow ANYTHING that will be a surprise to me!